Starbucks and guns

Posted Friday, Sep. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I’m sure many gun toters were mightily offended by the Starbucks CEO’s open letter and pledged to never touch his caffeine again. (See editorial “Starbucks CEO ‘respectfully’ says guns not wanted,” Friday.)

But let’s be reasonable. Because a gun that can’t be seen can’t be feared, he can only be talking to people in states that permit guns to be carried in the open. This lets us gun-carrying Texans out of the debate and frees our consciences to drink at Starbucks.

Besides, anyone who elects to carry a gun in the open, instead of hiding it, ought to wear a sign that reads, “Shoot me first.”

So let’s be considerate of the CEO’s dilemma and not engage in a half-baked boycott just because he has to accommodate the wishes of some of his customers. Just continue to do what you were doing and “don’t ask, don’t tell” at your neighborhood Starbucks.

— Dwight Heard, Fort Worth

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